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People with ASD risk being manipulated because they can't tell when they're being lied to

23 May 2018

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New research from Professor David Williams and colleagues indicates that the ability to detect lies is diminished in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – putting them at greater risk of being manipulated.

The researchers discovered that lie detection abilities were significantly lower in those with a full ASD diagnosis, as well as neurotypical subjects who exhibit ASD traitsThey consider whether individuals with ASD would benefit from training to detect behavioural indicators of lying.

See the full study, titled ‘Can you spot a liar? Deception, mindreading, and the case of Autism Spectrum Disorder’. For the full story, visit the University’s News Centre.


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